Midlothian residents reminded to be safe

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service is gearing up for one of its busiest nights of the year.

The service is urging the public to heed key safety messages to make sure Saturday’s Guy Fawkes celebrations stay safe.

In the last four years, Midlothian residents appear to have been following the safety advice, with a steady decline in bonfire calls to the service.

This peaked at 24 incidents in 2007 to seven last year with incidents peaking on November 5. Data is collated between October 31 and November 7.

The service has been working closely with Lothian and Borders Police and councils to deliver the fire safety message and discourage unsupervised bonfires.

Dalkeith Group Commander Cameron McKenzie said: “This is always an exceptionally busy time for us, although in recent years we have seen a reduction in calls, which is good news. This has been linked to the vital community safety and prevention work carried out by fire crews and partner organisations.”

Never go near a lit firework; never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them; and never go near a firework after it has gone off as it could still explode.

Keep pets indoors and do not set off noisy fireworks after 11pm.